Seeking Wins in SWAC Matchup
Western Nevada College is looking to the lofty peaks of Colorado to lift its softball team into the winning column. In the Scenic West Athletic Conference, a league where three of the seven softball teams are ranked in the Top Twenty nationally, wins have been hard to come by for the second-year Wildcats team, which sits in sixth place in the SWAC.
This week, WNC travels to seventh place Colorado Northwestern Community College, seeking wins and a chance to build confidence on the team. The Wildcats will play a four-game series in Rangely, Colo., on Friday and Saturday.
Head Coach Leah Wentworth said her team has struggled with injuries at the key position of pitcher, which has contributed to its tough start.
Last weekend, the 'Cats faced the No. 1 ranked team in the country, Salt Lake Community College, and dropped the series, 19-7, 19-1, 7-1 and 6-1.
"They have multiple power hitters," said Wentworth, and her team couldn't find its defense on day one. "We bounced back on Saturday and really made them fight for every run they got." The Wildcats also left 12 Salt Lake runners on base during the doubleheader.
"I was really happy with the effort that these ladies put forth on Saturday," Wentworth said. "Our pitchers threw well, defensively we made some really big plays, and offensively, we put the ball in play."
The coach now hopes that the skills translate into wins in Colorado. "If we play the way we did on Saturday, CNCC had better be prepared," she said.
In game one of the Salt Lake series, the Wildcats scored seven runs on four hits, all in the third inning. Ashley Williams was 2-2 with an RBI and a run; Lisa Senko, and Kelsie Farr each added an RBI.
WNC scored its only run in game two in the top of the third inning on an RBI by Farr. Alicia Merrell and Alissa Rampa each added a single.
The Wildcats managed eight hits in Saturday's opener, led by Williams who was 2-3 with the only RBI. Paige Savage hit 2-4, while Senko, Rampa and Merrell each went 1-3, and Frances Estrada was 1-4.
In the nightcap, WNC scored one run on four hits, led by Elisa Dawson who went 2-2, along with Rampa and Williams, who were each 1-3.
Wentworth singled out Williams, who plays both as an infielder and designated hitter, with having "an awesome weekend. She hit in three of four games and was scoring or keeping the ball in play" throughout the series, the coach said.
Press Release: March 31, 2010
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